IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited
Activity: Rural Telecom related Services
Corporate Office: New Delhi
IFFCO's Shareholding: 72.99%
IFFCO, together with Telecom major Bharti Airtel and Star Global Resources Ltd, has promoted IFFCO KISAN SANCHAR LTD (IFFCO Kisan).
The Telecom products of Airtel are made available to farmers and people living in villages. The same SIM Card which is used for communication is turned into a powerhouse of knowledge for empowering people living in villages through relevant & pertinent information which is being provided by IKSL through Value Added Service (VAS).
The back end ICT systems were further strengthened during the financial year 2016-17 to efficiently manage multi-lingual alert and advisory voice based services of IFFCO Kisan. Two mobile applications namely ‘IFFCO Kisan’ and ‘myIFFCOKisan’ were launched. ‘IFFCO Kisan’ provides weather forecasts, agricultural market information, customized advisories on agriculture, animal husbandry, government schemes, electronic market place for agri-commodities, etc. in ten Indian languages with voice support. The mobile application ‘myIFFCOKisan’ ‘was launched during the year to improve office and marketing productivity.
During 2016-17, IFFCO Kisan undertook certain special activities under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) such as Community based Sustainable Water System in West Bengal, a dairy unit of indigenous Gir cows at village Med (Jaipur) in Rajasthan, promoted Animal health campaign and soil testing. Under Livelihood Enhancement Projects, two units of Cumin Processing and Neem Oil Extraction are also being operational in Gujarat.
IFFCO Kisan has been running successfully the Kisan Call Centre Service (KCC) in 14 centres of the country by 565 Farm Tele Advisors for Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) under Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India since 2012. KCC Services have drawn national visibility and IFFCO Kisan is actively working with DAC to ensure high quality of services to the farmers who call on KCC.
IFFCO Kisan is conscious about unemployment in rural India and wishes to create employment opportunity through skill development trainings under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). In line with this, IFFCO Kisan is planning to have several agriculture related skill development programme for rural youth. Another step in eradication of poverty in rural areas is providing credit facility to small and marginal farmers. IFFCO Kisan, with Airtel Payment Bank Limited (APBL), aspires to realize the dream of Digital India and financial inclusion of rural people with Aadhar based payment (cashless transaction) system. In this regard, IFFCO Kisan has already commenced opening of bank accounts for APBL of rural people through its vast network of retailers.